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Big guns

an influential or important person or thing:
He’s a big gun in science.
Contemporary Examples

Buzz Bissinger on the NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season Buzz Bissinger January 1, 2013
The Pain Ahead for Ivory Coast Mvemba Phezo Dizolele April 10, 2011
France’s Valerie Trierweiler Tweets Against Segolene Royal Tracy McNicoll June 11, 2012
My Odyssey Into Extreme Dermatology Elizabeth Hayt April 14, 2009
Stop the Terror Hysteria Peter Beinart January 22, 2010

Historical Examples

The Childrens’ Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10) James Edward Parrott
A Soldier in the Philippines Needom N. Freeman
The Southerner Thomas Dixon
The Rough Road William John Locke
Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope

(informal) an important or influential person


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